Monday, January 31, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - 1951 Letter from Alfred Bake


This is another letter that was among the second batch of grandma Hazel's stuff. It is from Alfred Bake who is her first cousin once removed. 




                                Jerome, Idaho
                                    Jan. 14, 1951


Dear Cousin and Family,
   We were glad to hear from
you again.  We have moved
to Nevada since last writing to
you.  We haven't found any more
genealogy on our side as yet.
  We received the letter and the 
picture. It is my father alright.
Thank you.
   We still hope to get some
genealogy on our family.  We
will really appreciate any you
can send us.
   We are living here in Rowland
with my brother.  We have had
some lovely weather this year.
  We have had three small 
snowfalls but there is only a 
little left in spots now.  It is
really ice and warm today.  We
really are enjoying it.
   We have also had a new
son since writing to you last.
He was born on the 12th of Oct.
& weighed 6# 6 1/2 oz. now he weighs
15# 14 1/2 oz. He is really a dandy
baby.
   Well there isn't much news
so will close.
                        Write soon
                               Love
                                Cousin Alfred Bake
                                               & Family


Amanuensis Monday is an ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.




Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Samuel Henderson

The other day I sort of stumbled on to the obituary of my 4th great-grandfather, Samuel Henderson. There's not much to it, but at least it exists. I found it through the Utah Digital Newspapers website.

Deseret News, March 12, 1856




Friday, January 28, 2011

Friend of Friends Friday - Hugh McLain Will

Here is another McLain Will that I found:

McLain Exchange Newsletter, Vol 10 No 2, June 1, 1998


Surnames: MCLAIN MCLAINE MCCLOUD FENELY SINKLER FENNELL TOMISON SIMPSON HEWITT

Slaves: NEGRO MAN TONEY
            A NEGRO MAN
            A NEGRO WOMAN



Friday, January 21, 2011

Friend of Friends Friday - Dorcas McComb McLain Will



So I was doing the genealogy surf on the net and found some new information (love it when that happens). I stumbled on to the McClain Exchange Newsletters and found the transcribed will of Dorcas McComb McLain who is the 6th great-grandmother of my children. It was submitted by a McLain researcher that I used to correspond with back in the old days when I didn't know what the internet was (I need to look her up!)


Among the things she gave and bequeathed were slaves.  This was also new information to me.  I wasn't aware that any of the McLains owned slaves.  So here I am sharing this will in the hopes it will help someone else.


This Will was included in the Volume 5, Number 4 - Winter 1995 issue of the McClain Exchange.  I haven't looked at the other issues yet, better get busy and do that.


If you click on the image, you should be able to read it just fine. However, I will note the names mentioned here.


Slaves mentioned: ISAAC ELIZABETH NANCY(OR HARRY) REBECCA ISRAEL OBED


Heirs mentioned: JOHN MCLAIN, JANE MCLAIN, ELIZABETH MCOMB.


Witness: SAMUEL FISHER



Monday, January 17, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Will of Charles E. Taylor

The following copy of Charles E. Taylor's Will was included in the second batch of grandma Hazel's goodies that I received.










                    Will.


   I, Charles E. Taylor, of Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form as follows:
   First: I direct that one thousand dollars of my estate be used to defray my funeral expenses, costs of burial, and the marking of my grave.
   Second: I direct that two hundred dollars of my estate be used for the purpose of constructing a waterworks system for the Bloomington Cemetery, providing said waterworks system is commenced within two years from my death. If said waterworks system is not commenced is not commenced with two years of my death then I direct that said two hundred dollars shall be equally divided among the following of my heirs; William C. Piggott, George C. Piggott, Mary E. South, Alice C. Ray and Leonara C. Hess.
   Third: I give and bequeath to my nephew, William C. Piggott, the  note and mortgage which I hold on his house and lot at Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, and direct that the debt secured thereby be cancelled and discharged. I also give to my nephew, William C. Piggott the dress overcoat formerly owned by my brother, Thomas. I give and bequeath to Hazel Piggott, wife of my nephew, William C. Piggott, my folding bed.
   Fourth: I give, bequeath, and devise to my nephew, George C. Piggott my house and lot located at Bloomington, Ber Lake County, Idaho, providing he pays to William C. Piggott fifty dollars, to Mary E. South, fifth dollars, to Alice C. Ray fifty dollars, and Lenora C. Hess fifty dollars within six months after my estate is filed for probate. In the event my nephew, George C. Piggott does not pay said amounts to my heirs as aforesaid and during the time specified, then in that event I direct that said house and lot shall be sold and the proceeds equally divided among my heirs, William C. Piggott, George C. Piggott, Mary E. South, Alice C. Ray and Lenora C. Hess. I also give and bequeath to my nephew, George C. Piggott, my shotgun, my watch, and the fur overcoat formerly owned by my brother, Thomas. I give and bequeath to Enid Piggott, the wife of my nephew, George C., Piggott, my graphaphone.
   Fifth: I give and bequeath to Mary E. South, Alice C. Ray, and Leonora C. Hess, the balance of the household furniture which I shall own or possess at my death to be divided among them equally.
   Sixth: I give, devise and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate be the same real or personal property, of which I may die seized or possessed at my death to William C. Piggott, George C. Piggott, Mary E. South, Alice C. Ray, and Lenora C. Hess to share equally and alike thereof.
   Seventh: I hereby nominate and appoint, George C. Piggott, of Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, the Executor of this, my last Will and testament.
   In witness whereof, I Charles E. Taylor, the testator above named, have to this my last will and testament, subscribed my name this 7th day of August, 1922.


                      Charles E. Taylor




The foregoing instrument, was here now at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by Charles E. Taylor, the above named testator, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request, and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto signed our names as subscribing witnesses.


F. HUCKVALE of Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho.
JOHN T. BRISCOE of Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho.
WILLIAM BEE of Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho.











Amanuensis Monday is an ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch


Monday, January 10, 2011

Madness Monday - I am a Geni Addict!

I am going absolutely mad!! Geni, I love you, I really do, but you are like a monkey on my back!


Some of you may have noticed (or not)that I haven't been blogging as much. You can blame it all on Geni. Today I finally figured out what it is that keeps me over there merging and pleading with curators to help with what I can't do.


It's when I stumble on to ole gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-great gramp's profile and someone has him as the son of Tom, Dick, and Harry when I know that he isn't the son of a Tom, Dick, or a Harry! 


I just can't let all my cousins think that ole gramps belongs to someone else's family.  So I end up staying there until I get the errors corrected (with some sort of documentation, of course)to my satisfaction (and hope it stays fixed).


I especially like it when I can check to see if I am related to some celebrity. That is usually how I find the errors.




Thanks for listening :-)



Friday, January 7, 2011

Friend of Friends Friday - Rhode Island General Court of Trials 1679 - 1696

The following transcriptions are from the book Rhode Island General Court of Trials 1671-1704, by Jane Fletcher Fiske.




At a Generll Court of Tryalls Held in his Majesties Name at Newport the 22th of October 1679:


[49/51]Upon Indictment by the Genrl Solicetor, against Peter Pylatt a Negro, servant to Christopher Holder of Newport for Asaulting Battering and Ravishing Elizabeth the daughter of said Holder: The said said Peter bing called for and brought into the Court: his Indictment to him Read and he demanded off whither Guilty or not Guilty pleads not Guilty and Referrs himselfe for Tryall to God and the Cuntry.
Jurrymen:


 Phillip Smith forman    Jerem Browne
 James Man               John Paine
 John Rogers             Henry Tew
 John Crandall           Christopher Almy
 Charles Macarta         John Cooke
 Edwd Thurston jur       John Bennitt


Verdict: guilty: The Court accept the Verdict.
The Courts sentance. That according to law he the said Peter Pylatt Negro shall suffer Death And that he shall from hence be carried to the Goall and there safely secured untill monday next which will be the tenth day of this instant month Novembr, and from the Goale on the said 10th day about two or three of the Clock after noone to be carried to the place of Execution the Gallos, and there to be hangd by the neck untill he be dead Dead. (pg 90)


At the Genrl Court of Tryalls held in his Majestys Name At Newport the 29th of March 1681:


Upon Indictment by the Genrl Aturney against Thomas Joanes of Newport for being an abetter or Reciever of a firkin of Butter ffelloniously taken by a Negro Called Rutter Servant to Mrs Layouge: said Joanes being a prissoner, and brought into Court, his charge to him Read and he askt whether Guilty or not Guilty. Ownes Guilty: the Court doe sentance the said Thomas Joanes to pay the sum of Twenty shillings in mony to the Genrl treasury or soe much in his Service as the Authorety of this Collony shall see cause to Order: and aloe pay Officers ffees (pg 103)


At the Genrl Court of Tryalls held in his Majestys Name At Newport the 28th of March 1682:

On Indictment by the Genrl Solicetor against John Joanes of KingsTowne for ffornication with Maria a Negro woman servant to Mr Richard Smith, he being bound in a Bond of forty pounds for his appearance at this Court, and in Court Called noe appearance. The Court declare his bonds fforfitt. (pg 112)

At the Genrl Court of Tryalls held in his Majestys Name At Newport the 27th of March 1683:

Whereas Samuell Gardner and John Booth Negro, as privateers have been some time past, by the Authorety of this Collony secured, and there not appeareing any persons to accuse the said parties, This Court Court [sic] doe Confine them on their perrill not to depart this Collony dureing the full time of one yeare from the time of their first Imprissonment. (pg 118)

At the Genrl Court of Tryalls held in his Majestys Name At Newport the 25th of March 
1684:

Forasmuch as Mallato Tom servant to Thomas Gould hathe been charged and it appears that he layd voyolent hands on James Hasleton Cunstable. This Court doe sentance him forthwith to be sett in the Stocks, in the Town of Newport and there to Remain dureing the Courts Pleasure. (pg 127)

At a Genrll Court of Tryalls held for the Collony At Newport the 31st day of March 1696

Mary Bason An Indian squaw being Charged by Joseph Hicks of Ports-mouth for fellony & shee oning guilty & sd it was by Instagation of John burdens Negro Jack & mad it so Appear the sd Jack is Sentanced to be wipt on his Naked back with thirty nine Stripes & pay officers fees. (pg 180)




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